Saturday, November 27, 2010

No Logo

In the age of the brand, logos are everywhere. But why do some of the world's best-known brands find themselves on the wrong end of the spray paint can # the targets of anti-corporate campaigns by activists and protestors? No Logo, based on the best-selling book by Canadian journalist and activist Naomi Klein, reveals the reasons behind the backlash against the increasing economic and cultural reach of multinational companies. Analyzing how brands like Nike,The Gap, and Tommy Hilfiger became revered symbols worldwide, Klein argues that globalization is a process whereby corporations discovered that profits lay not in making products (outsourced to low-wage workers in developing countries), but in creating branded identities people adopt in their lifestyles. Using hundreds of media examples, No Logo shows how the commercial takeover of public space, destruction of consumer choice, and replacement of real jobs with temporary work # the dynamics of corporate globalization # impact everyone, everywhere. It also draws attention to the democratic resistance arising globally to challenge the hegemony of brands. Written by Loretta Alper

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Withnail and Hamlet

"I have of late, I know not, lost all my mirth, forgone all custome of exercise; and indeed, it goes so heauenly with my disposition;
that this goodly frame the Earth, seemes to me a sterrill
Promontory; this most excellent Canopy the Ayre,
look you, this braue ore-hanging, this Maiesticall Roofe,
fretted with golden fire: why, it appeares no other thing
to mee, then a foule and pestilent congregation of vapours.
What a piece of worke is a man! how Noble in
Reason? how infinite in faculty? in forme and mouing
how expresse and admirable? in Action, how like an Angel?
in apprehension, how like a God? the beauty of the
world, the Parragon of Animals; and yet to me, what is
this Quintessence of Dust? Man delights not me; no,
nor Woman neither.."
Shakespeare's Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, Act II, scene II,

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Two New From 6majik9

transformation anxiety

the golden road to unlimited excrement

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Thursday, November 04, 2010

RIP James Freud

James Freud, singer and bass player with the Australian band The Models took his own life this week. The record The Pleasure of You Company from 1983 was a constant companion for me as a scuffed cassette tape, while I negotiated being a teenager in the rural wastes of Australia in the early 80s. The album is brilliant and sounds as good today as it did then;

No Shoulders No Head (1983)

I Hear Motion (1983)

God Bless America (1983)

King Of Kings (1985)

Big on Love (1984)